The SFF Female Author Project: Week Five

Sadly, this is the last post for 2017 SFF Female Author Project, where during the month of March I highlight women writing science fiction and fantasy. But don’t be alarmed! I am planning to resume this project next March in 2018.

Image result for Tenea D. Johnson booksMarch 26th – Tenea D. Johnson

I discovered Tenea D. Johnson on a list of marginalized author’s who’ve largely been forgotten by genre history. Despite winning the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her debut novel Smoketown, her work has been mostly ignored. And that’s a great shame! Smoketown is a beautifully written book that combines the dystopian genre with magical realism to create an original and compelling piece of speculative fiction. She’s also written R/evolution, a dystopic novella about race and class in America.

Recommended starting place: Smoketowna fantastical dystopian novel.

Image result for Corinne Duyvis booksMarch 27th – Corinne Duyvis

Corinne Duyvis is the young adult author of both science fiction and fantasy. She’s a huge proponent of diversity in literature, and she co-founded Disability in Kidlit, a website features reviews by reviewers who share the disability portrayed in the book. Corinne Duyvis is also the creator of the Own Voices hashtag. Her debut novel was Otherbound, a YA portal fantasy. Her most recent book was On the Edge of Gone, a YA apocalyptic novel with an autistic protagonist trying to secure a future for her family.

Recommended starting place: On the Edge of Gone, a YA apocalyptic novel.

Image result for Aliette de Bodard booksMarch 28th – Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard began her writing career with short fiction, most notably the Xuya series of stories, in which Vietnamese culture has taken to the stars. Her Xuya novella On a Red Station, Drifting was nominated for a Hugo, Locus and Nebula. Her short fiction bibliography can be found here. However, de Bodard is also the author of several fantasy novels, including a series set in the Aztec Empire (begin with Servant of the Underworld). She is currently writing about a magical, post-apocalyptic Paris in her Dominion of the Fallen series.

Recommended starting place:  On a Red Station, Driftinga science fiction novella, or The House of Shattered Wings, a alternate history fantasy novel, or “Immersion,” an award winning science fiction short story.

Image result for Ancillary JusticeMarch 29th – Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie is the award winning author of the Imperial Radch trilogy, which begins with Ancillary Justice. This space opera trilogy takes place in a far future, where the Radch empire has colonized vast swathes of space. Breq, our protagonist, is a sentient space ship who’s been almost entirely destroyed – all that remains of her is one ancillary body and a desire for revenge. This trilogy deals with themes of colonialism, imperialism, and gender.

Recommended starting place: Ancillary Justicethe beginning of a space opera trilogy

Image result for Diane Duane booksMarch 30th – Diane Duane

Diane Duane is best known for her Star Trek tie in novels and her young adult Young Wizards series. In 1979, she published her first novel, The Door Into Fire, a fantasy set in a gender egalitarian world where everyone is pansexual. In 1983, she published the first book in the ten books and counting Young Wizards series, So You Want to Be a Wizard. In addition to novels, she has also written short stories, comics, computer games, and screen plays. Her screenwriting experience includes episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Recommended starting place:  So You Want to Be a Wizarda YA fantasy novel that includes science fiction aspects (ex. alien wizards).

Image result for elizabeth bear books range of ghostsMarch 31st – Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear is the prolific author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Steampunk, science fiction, cyberpunk, urban fantasy epic fantasy… she’s written it all. Her stories usually include diverse casts, with many characters of color and queer characters. Listing out all her books would take more space than I have here. Heck, has an entire blog post on where to start with her work… and they don’t even cover all of it!

Recommended starting place: Range of Ghosts, an epic fantasy with a Central Asian inspired setting, or Karen Memorya queer steampunk novel.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Pyo says:

    Imperil Radch was great; good enough to buy the paperbacks after getting the ebooks (well, they also look nice). I was a bit disappointed that after the 2nd book the 3rd book didn’t really go any “deeper” into the setting, but it nonetheless was a fun series. I certainly wouldn’t have minded more.
    Not sure about Provenance, which she’s currently writing. This “cooperate with a thief to retrieve important artifact” plot isn’t as much my cup of tea.

    On a side note, the Borderline sequel (Phantom Pains) is out, or the ebook anyway. If your reading list isn’t already full enough, I’d venture that you won’t regret reading that 😉

    1. Heist stories are some of my favorite, so I’m super excited about Provenance! I can see it not being everyone’s thing tho.

      I actually won a copy of Phantom Pains in a giveaway over on Books, Bones and Buffy! But I’m not actually going to get a hold of it until I come home from college, so you won’t be seeing my review until sometime in May.

  2. I loved Karen Memory! It was my first Elizabeth Bear book. At the time I just went with KM because it had just come out, but I’d love to go back and pick up Range of Ghosts, especially since I think she has a new book coming out soon that’s going to the star to a sequel series to that one.

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